Today we’d like to introduce you to Dallas Pennock.
Hi Dallas, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
We started the Weekend Voyager, a 14-passenger bus, in October of 2019. We were looking for supplemental income to help support both of our children who live with Autism.
Two incomes were not enough to cover daily life, plus the additional costs of therapies, etc. My wife, Kathryn, sent me a picture of a bus on sale through the Facebook marketplace and jokingly said, “Hey, you should drive a party bus, lol.”
Not to sound cliche, but a lightbulb went off and within a month of that text I bought a bus, made repairs, had it painted, and even had the LLC. Now, two and a half years later, we’re booked months out!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
As if starting your own business isn’t enough of an expense/risk, starting a group passenger travel business during a pandemic was about the worst venture we could’ve possibly picked!
Not being able to drive for months, then add masks, wiping every surface down after every stop, etc. It was a hassle, but everyone was so kind and polite, they understood and were so grateful to just have safe transportation to help celebrate their birthday, bachelorette party, or whatever the event was.
Luckily, we made it through. Friends, family, and past passengers just sharing the word about their experiences have been the only way we’ve made it. We are forever grateful!
As you know, we’re big fans of Weekend Voyager, LLC. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
We are a 14-passenger party bus. We keep our business model very simple, and we think of the passengers first. We do not microtransaction customers; meaning we don’t give you a base price but the final bill is double what you thought it should be.
We don’t charge for trip mileage, a number of stops, clean-up fees, or gratuity like most other party bus companies. We charge a flat rate, and a minimum of 5 hours are required to book Saturdays. That’s it! You’re obviously welcome to book longer. We also provide a cooler full of ice water and koozies for every trip! The bus has two AC units, a Bluetooth sound system, extra fans, and large cup holders.
The bus is blue, unlike most other buses that are usually white and black. That’s to show support for our children who both live with autism. We also send handwritten thank you letters to everyone that books with us, just to make sure everyone knows exactly how much we truly appreciate their business, and to let them know they’re not just another payment transaction, just like we’re not just another party bus.
Any big plans?
Honestly, no idea. We are booked out for months at a time, we have several repeat customers who have booked with us multiple times, and business is great.
Since we started this to support our kids, and that’s exactly what we’re doing, I don’t see any major changes in the near future. Right now, I am the owner, driver, marketing director, CEO, etc.
We might look at hiring a driver part-time, because while business is great, every single Saturday is booked, which means I’m not spending time with the family, who I started this business for in the first place.
- $95/hour-minimum 5 hours on Saturdays; Fridays and Sundays 3-hour minimum.
- $125/hour-added time
- Email: Weekendvoyagerbus@gmail.com
- Website: Weekendvoyagerbus.com
- Instagram: @Weekendvoyagerbus
- Facebook: weekendvoyagerbus